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5 Engagement ring shopping tips for him (and her)

Here comes the ring!

You and your love have discussed marriage, and wedding bells are in your near future. How do you make sure your man knows what you want without compromising the romance and surprise of it all?
Couple buying engagement ring

You hint, and you hint hard. Just know what you want before hinting.

But do you really even know what you want or like? It's okay if you don't. Fret no more, because the jewelry experts at James Allen are here to help. They have provided you with five questions to ask yourself before embarking on this adventurous journey with your man.

1

What are the 4 C's?

There are many complex attributes that affect a diamond's overall beauty and quality. The 4 C's are a way for you to determine what you are looking for in a diamond (and to make sure you don't get a fake). While pricing out the perfect diamond that will be your most prized accessorry, you're going to want to look at cut, color, clarity and carat weight.

2

What style ring do you want?

It is also imperative that you know what setting and diamond shape you prefer. Whether you're shopping with your man or just on a casual shopping day by yourself, this ring you're shoppping for is going to be on your finger for a long time,  so you need to know what you want.

3

What is his budget?

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Now, before you get ahead of yourself, you need to know what his budget is so you can look accordingly. Here is the point where you throw a subtle hint in there to get a feeler as to where he stands. I mean, let's face it, you don't want to pick out a ring that is far above his means.

4

Where is the best place
to purchase?

Once you have decided on your budget, it's time to check out jewelry store options. It is much more financially intelligent to design and purchase a ring online. Online jewelers have much less overhead than a retail store, therefore usually resulting in lower prices. If you do happen to shop at a retail jewelry store, make sure you have a good relationship with your sales person — they can be vital in this process.

5

What is the jewelry company's return policy?

This question is really important. Let's face it, we are all human and our minds change frequently. This being said, you want to make sure the company that you purchase from has a good return policy. Not in case the engagement doesn't work out, necessarily, but in case you change your mind on the style. Think of it as a safety blanket.

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What he should ask you:

Sarah Pease, from Brilliant Event Planning and part of David Bridal's style council, says there are four questions he should ask you before he shops:

  • Do you like a simple solitaire setting or do you prefer side stones/band with diamonds?
  • What kind of wedding ring do you want? (Some styles of engagement rings make it difficult to find a wedding ring that fits.)
  • Gold, rose gold or platinum/white gold (or something else)?
  • Do you prefer a larger stone that has some imperfections not visible to the naked eye, or a perfect stone that is smaller?
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